The Virtue of Faith
Teaching of Virtue
The Virtue of Faith
The beginning, root, and foundation of a virtuous life—is faith.
The virtue of faith enables one to believe in, and surrender to, Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Holy Trinity, Sacred Scripture, and all the truths God has revealed—for God Himself is Truth.
Of the seven chiefly virtues—which include the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, followed by the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance—faith is the first, for it is the door that opens one to the justifying light of Christ—making it possible, by the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, for all the other virtues to enter into, and shine forth from, one's life.
As a theological virtue, faith is supernaturally infused into one’s soul by divine grace. It can not be earned; it can only be given. God is the cause. Yet, God extends each person sufficient grace to receive it—and be saved.
Jesus is the gate. He stands knocking at the door of one’s heart, waiting, but He will not force His way in. Only by the consent of one's own free-will is the renewing life of Christ infused within—inaugurating the transformative process described by Saint Paul, “...it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20)—filling one with indescribable hope, immeasurable love, and the eternal truth:
God’s grace from beginning to end justifies, sanctifies, and saves—through faith in Jesus Christ.
Of life, there is no greater gift.
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“...it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." — Galatians 2:20 (NRSVCE)
“I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” — John 10:9 (NRSVCE)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” — John 3:16 (NRSVCE)
“...if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” — Romans 10:9 (NRSVCE)
“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.” — Mark 16:16 (NRSVCE)
“But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” — Ephesians 2:4-5 (NRSVCE)
“God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.” — 1 John 4:15 (NRSVCE)
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” — John 11:25-26 (NRSVCE)
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” — 1 John 5:12 (NRSVCE)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” — Ephesians 1:7-11 (NRSVCE)
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” — Hebrews 11:3 (NRSVCE)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ” — Hebrews 11:6 (NRSVCE)
“therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. ” — Romans 5:2-3 (NRSVCE)
“ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSVCE)
“...turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” — Acts 26:18 (NRSVCE)
“Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” — 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NRSVCE)
“A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.” — St. Augustine
“God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed he gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit - that is the shortest route.” — St. Faustina
“God does not believe for us, but He does through His Spirit create spiritual life in us so that we can believe. Faith is a gift of God. It is part of the whole salvation package that God gives to us through the work of Christ for us and the work of the Holy Spirit in us. It is not our contribution, so to speak, to God’s great plan of salvation. God does it all. Faith is part of the unsearchable riches of Christ.” — Jerry Bridges
“God requires faith for salvation, but faith is not a meritorious work. Salvation is by the power of God in response to faith, faith itself is God’s work, divinely initiated and divinely accomplished.” — John MacArthur
“If the faith whereby I have laid hold on Christ to be my Savior be altogether wrought in me by the Holy Ghost through grace, then I defy the devil to take away that which he never gave me or to crush that which Jehovah Himself created in me. I defy my free will to fling what it never brought to me. What God has given, created, introduced, and established in the heart, He will maintain there.” — C.H. Spurgeon
“No one can take my faith from me. If, in order to spread the love of Christ among the poor and neglected, there were no alternative but to remain in that country, I would remain – but I would not renounce my faith. I am prepared to give up my life but never my faith.” — St. Mother Teresa
“We sometimes think we have grabbed hold of God and found Him, but it is really the other way around.” — G.K. Beale
"One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone." — St. Joan of Arc.
“All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.” — St Teresa of Avila
“Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.” — St. Augustine
“Faith is not believing in my own unshakable belief. Faith is believing an unshakable God when everything in me trembles and quakes.” — Beth Moore
“God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.” — St. Mother Teresa
"Paul says, ‘It’s no longer I who live; it’s Christ who lives in me.' That’s the whole picture right there. It’s no longer I, this old self. That old self has been put away by grace, accepted in faith. What does that faith look like? Love. It expresses itself as love...So, how are we saved? By faith, yes. Accepting the grace of Christ, absolutely. Without that, we can’t be saved. But that’s the door, that’s the beginning, that’s the root; this faith now, having taken root, increasingly expresses itself in this startling love." — Bp. Robert Barron
“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” — Charles Spurgeon
For your family, small group, or personal reflection.
STEP 1: Introduction
Example: "I'm going to play a short video on the topic of the virtue of faith. After the video, I have some questions to gather your thoughts and get the discussion started. We’ll then wrap up with a closing prayer."
STEP 2: Watch Video (or listen)
Watch (or listen to) the video of the teaching (cast to your TV via YouTube). If time allows, also read the teaching, related Scriptures, and related quotes.
STEP 3: Discussion / Reflection
- In your own words, what is the virtue of faith?
- What does it mean to you to be a person of faith?
- Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered your life to Him? (share the story of your faith)
- Do you know anyone you feel has a strong faith? If so, who and why? (please explain)
- What are some things you do in your life to nurture your faith?
- What are some things you don’t do but could do to nurture your faith?
- Did any of the related Scriptures or quotes stand out to you (please elaborate)?
- Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
STEP 4: Wrap Up & Closing Prayer
Summarize and wrap up the discussion. Then, conclude with a sincere and humble prayer from the heart.